An All-Star this past season, Brandon Moss will give the Indians the home run threat they’ve been eagerly looking for.
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The Cleveland Indians have made one of the biggest splashes in the MLB off-season by acquiring All-Star slugger Brandon Moss from the Oakland A’s.
On Monday morning, Cleveland finalized a trade with Oakland to land Moss in exchange for Minor League infield prospect Joe Wendle. Moss had 25 home runs for the A’s in 2014, making his first MLB All-Star game in the process and being a key part of the A’s playoff run.
“The addition of Brandon Moss provides our offense with a proven run-producer and power bat for the heart of our order,” Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said in a release. “Brandon not only has great power, but his defensive versatility and personality also complement the team culture [manager Terry Francona] has helped establish over the past two years.”
In 2014 Moss turned in a .234/.334/.438 slash line to go along with his 25 home runs and 81 RBIs in 147 games. In the American League Wild Card Game against the Royals, Moss had two home runs and five RBIs for a historic showing in Oakland’s extra-innings loss.
In 2013, Moss hit .256 with 30 home runs, 87 RBIs and an .859 OPS in 145 games for the A’s, who signed him as a free agent prior to the 2012 season. In his first year with Oakland, he hit 21 homers and posted a .954 OPS in only 84 games.